[ES_JOBS_NET] Professional Research Asst, CIRES/GSD Professional Research Assistant/Software Engineer, Boulder, CO

Christine Wiedinmyer christin at ucar.edu
Fri Oct 7 06:28:44 MDT 2016

Professional Research Asst-06955
Research Faculty


*CIRES/GSD Professional Research Assistant/Software Engineer*


The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) 
in Boulder, Colorado is seeking a professional research assistant to 
work in the NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory (ESRL)/Global Systems 
Division (GSD) located in Boulder, Colorado.

*Background:*The Evaluation and Decision Support Branch (EDS) of GSD is 
on the forefront in developing new systems for National Weather Service 
forecasters who require display of and interaction with real-time 
weather data. In collaboration with the National Weather Service (NWS), 
external contractors, and cooperative institutes, an EDS predecessor 
developed the basic Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System 
(AWIPS) that is currently used by all operational forecasters within the 
NWS. For example, a key function of AWIPS is the generation of warnings 
or hazard information for severe weather events such as tornadoes, 
hurricanes, and floods.

EDS has been tasked with the integration of a variety of applications to 
enable forecasters to work more quickly and efficiently for both routine 
tasks and in critical weather situations. AWIPS II is an evolving 
platform into which advanced observational, forecasting, communications, 
computational, and display capabilities are being integrated. It uses 
service-oriented architecture and is written in Java and Python using 
the Eclipse framework. An agile-like software development approach is 
employed, and feedback from users is translated into software 
improvements in an iterative manner.

We build software for forecasters whose mission is to protect life and 
property. We derive deep fulfillment in knowing that we directly assist 
in that noble goal.

*Responsibilities:*The successful candidate will grow to be a leader in 
the creation of new directions and visions, and over time, learn to act 
as lead software architect for manifesting those visions. The focus will 
be on applications and extensions to Hazard Services capabilities, 
including diverse phenomena such as thunderstorms, winter, tropical, and 
aviation weather, plus new ground-breaking paradigms to allow 
Forecasting a Continuum of Environmental Threats (FACETs) through 
continuous and probabilistic information. The position embodies an 
opportunity to enhance the NWS mission of saving lives and property, and 
we are seeking a candidate who is inspired by this opportunity.

Due to the complex nature of the applications, there will be a period of 
learning, including domain knowledge, to allow the candidate to take on 
these roles. The first component entails communicating with many 
stakeholders to synergistically understand and guide future directions. 
The second component entails leading and directing a talented group of 
meteorologists and software engineers to produce software that embodies 
the vision. This requires the ability to comprehend the big picture and 
translate it into software architecture, coding details, test plans, and 

The successful candidate will be responsible for participating in the 
design and development of AWIPS II applications using Python, Java, and 
Eclipse. Applications will involve graphical tools that assist 
forecasters in generating digital forecasts as well as transforming this 
information into a variety of text, graphics, and imagery. The work 
includes interaction with operational users to gather requirements and 
feedback, and may require some travel.


*Required Qualifications and Skills:*

Bachelor’s degree required

Formal training in software engineering is required, preferably at the 
graduate level. Highly desired: Experience in designing and developing 
interactive applications; experience with developing “frameworks” 
allowing users to modify or extend the software features; coursework or 
experience in a science-based field such as meteorology or physics; 
experience using a customer-driven rapid feedback or “agile” approach to 
software development; conceptual thinker with strong communication, 
teamwork, and organizational skills.

The applicant must have at least ten years experience programming in an 
object-oriented language. The applicant must have a good working 
knowledge of Python, Java, and Eclipse and have developed major pieces 
of code in at least one of these languages.**Applicant must have 
demonstrated creativity in developing unique solutions to new or unusual 
problems, and must be effective in communicating ideas with management 
and colleagues. The candidate must be reliable and self-motivated, and 
comfortable working in an agile and creative team environment.

Special Instructions to Applicants:The University of Colorado Boulder 
conducts background checks on all final applicants being considered for 
employment, prior to the issuance of an offer letter. The University of 
Colorado Boulder is committed to providing a safe and productive 
learning, living and working community. To achieve this goal, we conduct 
background investigations for all final applicants being considered for 
employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record 
check, and an EPLS (Excluded Parties List System) check. The Immigration 
Reform and Control Act requires that verification of employment 
eligibility be documented for all new employees by the end of the third 
day of work.The University of Colorado is an equal opportunity and 
affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly 
trained faculty and staff. In compliance with applicable laws and in 
furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes 
and embraces diversity, the University of Colorado does not discriminate 
on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex 
(including pregnancy), disability, age, veteran status, sexual 
orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, 
political affiliation or political philosophy in its programs or 
activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. 
Inquiries may be directed to the Boulder Campus Title IX Coordinator by 
calling 303-492-2127. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities 
Act, alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request for 
individuals with disabilities by contacting Human Resources at 
adacoordinator at colorado.edu.Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, 
Resume/CV, Reference Letters (Not Confidential), Unofficial 
transcript(s)Application Materials Instructions:Applicants must complete 
the Faculty/University Staff and EEO Data (application) form, and upload 
the following required documents: 1 – Cover Letter; 2 – Resume; 3 – The 
document uploaded for Proof of Degree can be a Transcript which shows 
the date the degree was conferred; Copy of Diploma; or official letter 
from the Registrar or the Dean of the School or College conferring the 
degree; 4 – One Letter of Recommendation This position is eligible for 
medical, dental and life insurance, retirement benefits programs, and is 
eligible for monthly vacation and sick leave accruals.

    Job Category


    Primary Location

Department:B0001 -- Boulder Campus-10080 - Coop Inst Res/Envrm Sci - Dir



    Posting Date

:Sep 27, 2016

    Closing Date

Posting Contact Name:Karen Dempsey
Posting Contact Email:karen.dempsey at colorado.edu
Position Number:00178100
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